SED Opportunity Digest – 5 April 2023 – New Concise Version

Welcome to our latest round up of events, opportunities and schemes that may help you meet collaborators, improve your career prospects or simply broaden your horizons.


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3 unmissable updates

  1. Last few tickets available for SUBTEXTS: Transfixions evening of politically charged writing next week. Everyone is welcome – snap them up!
  2. Book ahead for Mad Hearts – The Arts And Mental Health: Queering Boundaries conference in June
  3. Last chance to apply for Expeditions Fund – closes 28 April

From QMUL, Partners & Friends

Today – Wednesday 5 April don’t miss your chance to meet up with Lois Weaver and the gang…

Care (for your future) Cafe

  • Pinter Studio in Arts One 
  •  5-7 pm every Wednesday  – 8 March and running through to 31 May 
  • (with the exception of 18 and 26 April) 
  • We will be live and in person from 5- 7 in the Pinter but you can Zoom in from 6-7 if you can’t make it to Mile End.  
  • Email for the Zoom link. 

Care (for your future) Cafes are an opportunity for students, graduates, and artist friends to drop in and talk about life and livelihood. It is also an opportunity to get to know Air Supply, which is an informal collection of students and graduates who meet regularly to share support, resources, and their experiences of being independent artists and producers.  

Air Supply will be producing the Peopling the Palace Festival, Queen Mary University of London 5-11 June. 

Café Cafes are a place for people to gather – their wits, thoughts, and comrades in action. They are a temporary venue for communitas, conversation, and activity within a spoken and visible frame of ‘care’. 

Society Events before end of semester

CALL OUT FOR SUBMISSIONS: A Season of Bangla Drama  – 20 Acts of Love

2-26 November 2023

A Season of Bangla Drama will back in 2023 for its 20th anniversary, and we are seeking new writing.

Submissions are now open.

Deadline is on Tuesday 25 April at 10am.

The theme for 2023 is love. These can be applied in a wide variety of ways such as romantic love, love for the environment/climate change, caring or helping someone who cannot do anything back for you, love for  siblings, parent and friends or self-love.  We are looking for play that  show kindness, generosity, gratitude  and celebrating the best qualities of the human race!  The possibilities are endless…

If you would like to get involved in 2023, please download the Expression of Interest form on link below. Please read the guidelines and criteria carefully before filling out and returning the form.

It is essential that you send a 3 minute video of a scene from the play you wish to submit via a YouTube or Vimeo link, This can be a reading recorded on your phone, a recording of a Zoom meeting or rehearsal (though you must be send footage as a YouTube or Vimeo link).  Use this opportunity to speak to the panel about your play.  As there is a limitation on words on the form, this is your 3 minute pitch.

no cost in giving programme 

Cost of Living Crisis Eased for Young Black People with poetic unity’s new initiative​

Poetic Unity’s ‘No Cost in Giving’ programme launches 20th March 2023 and will provide young Black/Black mixed people aged 12-30 years old the opportunity to enjoy the cultural highlights of London. With the economic downturn and effects of the pandemic, young Black people have been cut off from experiencing London’s best events.

Free/ discounted tickets will be offered first to members on our exclusive No Cost in Giving mailing list. To sign up to this list email your name, age and contact number with the title ‘No Cost in Giving’ to

Please note these tickets are only for young Black/Black mixed people aged between 12-30 years old. Young people under 18 years old need to be accompanied by an adult on any visit and organisations working with young Black people can also sign up to our mailing list. 

V&A Performance Festival 2023

22nd – 30th April 2023

@V_and_A / #VAPerformanceFestival

The theme for the V&A Performance Festival 2023 is Musicals – inspired by current free display Re:Imagining Musicals in the Theatre and Performance Galleries. Running between the 22nd – 30th of April, the entire V&A will become a stage for contemporary practitioners to animate galleries and atmospheric spaces around the museum for diverse audiences. The wide range of over 50 events encompassing live performances, screenings, talks, tours, demonstrations, and workshops will celebrate, explore and deconstruct musical theatre, revealing the craft behind songs and stories alike.

Highlights of the festival’s weekend programme include performances by Rifco Theatre CompanyHighRise Entertainment and Millennium Performing Arts, a musical drag performance, panel discussions with leading theatre practitioners director Katie Mitchell and actor Mei Mac on sustainability and representation in the theatre, workshops led by the teams of Disney’s Frozen the Musical and the global hit SIX the Musical, an afternoon event dedicated to the work of Stephen Sondheim with masterclass led by Jenna Russell, and  installations commissioned especially for UK Festival of Performance Design and Prague Quadrennial.

During the week, there will be special curator tours across the collections, screenings of musicals from the National Video Archive of Performance, an evening talk with star of stage and screen Bonnie Langford, and a special ‘Sounding Futures’ Friday Late

celebrating the capacity of songs to sound new worlds.

Events free and drop in unless otherwise stated. Learn more via the online programme.

Outside QMUL

Free Podcasting Workshops with Spotify – Deadline today 5 April

Starting in April, we’re hosting workshops around the world for podcast creators to connect, create, and learn from the @SpotifyUK team.

Application deadline extended until the 5th April 2023. Explore the first round of workshops and apply here:

Are you interested in learning Python, one of the most popular programming languages in the world? Do you want to learn from experienced students at one of the top universities in the UK? If so, we have great news for you!

We are excited to offer you a 6-week beginners course in Python programming taught by students at the University of Sheffield. This course is designed for people with little or no experience in coding. You will learn the basics of Python, including variables, data types, conditional statements, loops, functions, and object-oriented programming.

Our course is taught by experienced students who are passionate about teaching and helping beginners learn to code. You will receive interactive lessons and hands-on exercises to help you learn and retain the material. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation in Python and be ready to take on more advanced projects.

You will have access to top-quality resources and support throughout the course. Furthermore we will ensure the course is fully flexible with exams and summer approaching.

To sign up please register your interest on our website:

Peckham Fringe 2023

Ribbon Around a Bomb
12 May, 7:30pm  

A creative art history workshop aimed at sharing autistic joy and the incredible life and art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. 

5 – 6 May & 31 May, 7.30pm  A global pandemic that flipped an industry on its head. 3 close friends battling the romance between craft and the disheartening acting industry that pays for it.

View the full programme and book


  Our preview screening of LOLA is happening at Genesis Cinema tomorrow!

Set in 1941, LOLA follows two music-loving sisters, Thomasina (Emma Appleton, Everything I Know About Love) and Martha (Stefanie Martini, Prime Suspect 1973), who build a machine that can intercept broadcasts from the future. 

Shot on 16mm and 35mm film stock, LOLA is an inventive found-footage sci-fi that explores the making (and remaking) of history and its consequences.

With a limited cinema run, don’t miss your chance to see this time-travelling thriller on the big screen!   £5 TICKETS (INC. FREE POPCORN)    

This is not your normal cinema trip.
This is MASSIVE.  

Free event at SOAS: Hidden Histories: Celebrating through Masquerade – 28 April

Book here

Black Britain Unspoken w/ Warner Bros. Discovery

All black filmmakers please apply here: to have a new commissioned film published on discovery+

Free Online Course: Getting into the screen industries

Sign up here

Killing Joy as a Queer Project 

Killing Joy as a Queer Project  “In my recently published The Feminist Killjoy Handbook, I suggest that the feminist killjoy is a queer figure with a queer history. When you reclaim the term feminist killjoy you end up in conversation with other people who, like you, find a potential or promise in that term, how its negativity can be redirected. In this lecture, I explore the queerness of the project of killing joy as a project of redirecting negativity. I develop some of my arguments about ‘the unhappy queer’ from The Promise of Happiness (2010) as well as ‘queer use’ from What’s the Use? On the Uses of Use (2019). In giving the feminist killjoy a queer history, I also show how and why killing joy is a world-making project.” Wednesday 24th of May, 7pm.River Room, Strand Campus.King’s College London.

Sign up here!

Jobs and Opps Closing Soon

Video Production Fellow, True Cost (Summer 2023) – Deadline rolling apply now

Editorial Assistant, Woo (ITV) – Deadline 7 April

Digital Marketing Assistant at Unbound – Deadline 9 April

Lyra McKee Journalism Bursary Scheme 2023 – Deadline 9 April

Editorial Assistant – Manchester International Festival – Deadline 9 April

Penguin Summer Internships x 9 – Deadline 11 April

Events Assistant – London College of Fashion – Deadline 18 April

Google News Intitiative Student Fellowships – Deadline 21 April

Jed Mercurio Mentorship Programme (Scriptwriting) – Deadline 21 April

Government Communication Services Apprentice x 40 Deadline 27 April

Assistant Producer at Tamasha Theatre – Deadline 1 May

Creative Access placements at Sky – Deadline 2 May

Graduate Internship Programme at Commonwealth Foundation – Deadline 2 May

See all Queen Mary jobs

Updated: Further sources of interesting events, opportunities and jobs are…

Apples & Snakes Artists Newsletter | Arts Admin E-Digest | ArtsJobs | BBC Academy | Creative Access (Jobs) | Creative Lives in Progress | ERIC – Career + Opportunities App | Film London | IlikeNetworking | JournoResources | Lectures.London | MediaBeans (media jobs) | QMUL Careers | Presspad | Run the Check | ScreenSkills | Society of Young Publishers | Startup Jobs | Tower Hamlets Arts | Write at Home (freelance writing opps)

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